Summer Holiday Escape
What better way to wind down after a busy year than to jet off to the South Island of New Zealand.
It is a quick flight over “the ditch” from Brisbane to Christchurch. Easy to organise a hire car for pick up at the airport and then a leisurely drive out to the tranquillity of Akaroa.
This beautiful village is set on a magnificent harbour, formed by the flooded crater of an extinct volcano. There are a range of walking tracks on the surrounding hillsides and the opportunity to take a harbour cruise. The day cruise means getting up close and personal with the tiny hector dolphins. There is an option of swimming with these beautiful creatures however they seem very happy to swim alongside of the cruise boat. Lazy NZ fur seals sunbake at the entrance of the harbour. A great day out to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and natural beauty of this special place. A beer watching the sunset is always a good option to end a busy day.
Dining and shopping options are limited outside of the arrivals of cruise ships, when I am sure the place springs to life. Fish and chips is always a great NZ dining choice!
Make sure you take the time to drive out to this pretty French inspired New Zealand enclave.